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columbia announces a break through in peace talks with f.a.r.c. rebels after five decades of conflicts we begin with breaking news from saudi arabia. it's reported 310 people have been killed during a crush, whilst observing a ritual of hajj outside of mecca. the pictures you see at the moment are rescuers helping those that have been injured, and those that have died, to be removed from the site of the crush. during hajj, millions of pilgrims perform the rituals, this was the final of them taking place, described as the stoning of the devil, taking place at mina. that is outside of the holy city of mecca.
we are watching this situation very closely. hopefully speaking to our reporter omar al salah who is the a the sight itself. -- site itself. twin blasts in a mosque in sanaa killed 25 people, the attack happened during prayers marking the muslim holiday. victorian gaetan by has the -- gatenby has the report. >> reporter: the attack was timed to cause massive destruction. investigators are still trying to work out without happening, but here is what we know so far. there were two explosions. some say they were caused by a suicide bomber, who detonated an explosive device, and as people ran for the exit, blew himself up. others say there were two attackers, the first detonating explosives inside the mosque,
the second blowing up when guards tried to stop him entering. either way, there was panic and confusion. >> translation: i saw about nine dead people, they are only the ones i saw with my own eyes, and the ones i helped to carry out with my own hands. i'm shocked by this, i have snefr seen anything like it -- never seen anying like it. >> reporter: the mosque belongs to the power base of islam, those that control the capital. saudi-led coalition air strikes targeted houthi rebels and fighters loyal to president ali abdullah saleh. the houthis continued to remain in control of large parts of yemen. the u.n. is urging all sides to negotiate a peace deal. that may not be easy, the government of the president say that houthis must dispanned, and the rebels insist they are yemen's authority. at the mosque.
houthi files sealed off the area, as the battle to control yemen yemenis, many are dying an analyst and visiting fellow at the european council of foreign relations joins us from beirut. thank you for speaking to us on al jazeera. obviously the day is very significant. why would they choose eid alhada? >> it's a day where it's guaranteed that you'll have a large amount of people in the mosque. it's a day when you look at it in a muslim country like yemen, it's like easter or sunday mass. i think this is a sign that it was aimed to kill as many people as possible, and, two, to pack an emotional punch, to say to the people of sanaa - you are not safe. we will strike you and hit you any time. >> this took place in a houthi strong hold, currently held by
sanaa - currently held by the houthis, who do you think was behind it? >> i mean to say it was a houthi master or stronghold, i think is a way of looking at it. the fact of the matter is in places like sanaa, places that are mixed. you are looking at a mix of sunnis and shias praying at it. they've been claimed by the islam branch. it's worth noting that they condemn the series of mosques. if you look at history, it appears that this bears the signs of similar attacks that the islamic group has taken responsibility for. >> thank you very much for joining us on that. >> let's cross straight to mina
in mecca. he'll bring us up to date on the latest following the tragedy. up to 350 people have been killed following a crush. what more do you know. >> the number will keep rising throughout the day because at least 400 people were injured in the rush. and you mentioned 310 died tragically. and overshadowed the entire hajj season. i just saw a helicopter taking on one of the cowards. where they are in the area, the pilgrims trying to get to that complex. what we know so far is the reason of the incident is that there's a lot of people trying to get to the complex at the same time. it happened in a small area between camps, which is where the pilgrims overnight in the
next morning go and begin the ritual of stoning the devil. >> omar, what does the security - looking at it, it's a logistical nightmare. what do saudi arabia officials have in place to help with this? >> i'm having difficulty hearing you. let me tell you how it works. this complex that we are talking about is a massive complex made of four stories, and there are multiple sides. the the pilgrims have the opportunity. i personally did the ritual last time, but it took a matter of minutes. saudi authorities are aware of the difficulties facing it. so that's why they are already part of the project. the reason for this incident, i think it's outside of their control. maybe it's an issue of logistics. winding the tent city.
mina has more than 160,000 tents, and it's full of people. when you remember, there's at least 1.9 million pilgrims in the hajj, you'll understand the logistical nightmare that the authorities are facing. they have to face the same ritual. that's why it's a reason for pushing for the stampede, and arab forces charging, but this is what happened. >> is there a time element in this. the way you describe it, it's almost as if there's a rush, a rush to get through that street. >> yes, it is. and let me tell you another thing, i'll be frank with you. when i was walking in a number much streets during the hajj ritual, there's a number of - huge number of pilgrims, they don't know the basics of safety, what it means for you to sleep in the middle of the road. all of a sudden if you have a
wave rushing into a building or trying to get to a road and there are people eating in the road, your chances of surviving is minimal. the chances is a reason. i saw people sleeping on the road. i saw people taking part in the side of the road. washing their faces, it's very, very hot. some of the pilgrims show a logistical outlet of the authorities. how to deny the hajj season. >> i was watching tv the other day and came across one of the information adverts that are put out for hajj. and one of them looks at safety measures that pilgrims have to be aware of. when pilgrims are on the site.
what methods to the saudi authorities pass on to the pilgrims to keep them safe. is there something that they can be shown or followed. >> i've seen a number. i heard a number made. also, a huge part of the whole thing relies on the pilgrims and handling. i'm not clear or sure that all the pilgrims got the instructions. probably a lot of them have not received such. you have countries with the saudi arabia authorities, i was speaking to an official the other day and said the most organized campaigns are from malaysia and indonesia. they carry on exercising the trial and say this is how the hajj ritual goes on, and this is what you'll be doing, this is why you need to do more.
i am not sure. 1.9 buildings. i lost all of them up to date. >> very enlightening and fascinating to talk to you. watching event for us following that tragedy. 310 pilgrims killed. that number could climb, omar was telling us, following a stampede in mina. outside of mecca. and the stoning of the devil takes place, it's the last of nine that pilgrims carry out. more on this as and when we get it. >> german chancellor angela merkel says the european unions agreement to relocate 120,000 refugees is not enough to solve the crisis. and the talks in brussels shows the block had recognised the problem and will work to find the solution. e.u. members agreed to give over
$1 billion to u.n. agencies dealing with refugees, and decided to deploy sources to beef up external border controls. >> what we need is the effective repatriation of people not entitled to protect the union. this includes the support of authorities in transit. the containment of the crime of human trafficking and the fight against the cause of people's escape. >> angela merkel spoke about the war in syria, saying syrian president bashar al-assad should by involved in any peace talks that take blaze. last month she had said that she would welcome mr bashar al-assad's ally, iran, playing a part in the discussions. angela merkel in the past joined other western leaders in calling on bashar al-assad to step aside talks to end the longest running conflict in latin american history lead to a break
through. negotiations had taken place in cuba, between the columbian government and f.a.r.c. rebels. president santos says a peace deal will be in place within six months. f.a.r.c. is the oldest group among the left wing rebels, set up in 1964 as a peasant army, it still quits rich and poor in the south american country. f.a.r.c. is a force in some of the rural areas. the rebels held hostages in secret camps for years. f.a.r.c. is estimated to earn about 500 and $600 annually from the illegal drug trade. lucia newman has the report for us. >> reporter: an image speaks louder than 1,000 words, and this image. columbian president shaking hands with the leader of the f.a.r.c. rebels is one that
sceptical columbians could not have dreamed of. >> translation: on 26 march 2016. and to the very latest, exact li six months from now, we'll see goodbye to the war. after almost three years of negotiations here in havana, columbia's government reached a deal with rebel negotiators to guarantee punishment for perpetrators of human rights violations and war crimes, including members of the f.a.r.c. >> those that refuse to recognise their responsibility in these crimes will be sentenced to a maximum of 20 years in prison. >> it is up to us now to multiply efforts to reach consensus on a bilateral ceasefire, and transform into a legal political movement. >> the agreement removes the last major stumbling block to a
comprehensive peace deal to end nearly 60 years of war, displacing more than 6 million columbians, and killing 220,000 others. cuban president who hosted the peace talks was jubilant. >> we advanced further than before. there are enormous difficulties to overcome, we have the certainty that they will be overcome. the announcement coming three days after the peace protest was directed in havana. saying we have no right to fail yet again in the road to peace and reconciliation. >> the pope's stern words were directed at rebel leaders. also, powerful groups from the extreme political left and right. including sectors of the columbian community. and in an historical area like columbia, the pope francis
blessing is seen as an antidote to the protest. if the accord is signed within the year, it will not be enough. the final agreement must we approved by the columbian people, before the f.a.r.c. lay the weapons, and peace and justice can begin pope francis will deliver still to come - living on rubbish, we meet the people that scavenge to survive. also the mission to mars - they celebrate their first anniversary. and there's sport with farah, we'll hear from the namibia team as they hope to capture the world champions offguard.
>> al jazeera journalist mohamed fadel fahmy and mohammed badr have been freed. pardoned by egyptian president. other journalists what were sentenced in absentia were not pardoned. john terrett has more. >> reporter: it's been a long time coming, but al jazeera producer mohammed badr, freelance producer mohamed fadel fahmy are free at last. >> this nightmare is over. the nightmare is over. we can live like normal people and go home, enjoy life and that is it. >> reporter: a pardon by abdul fatah al-sisi, marking the end of a long ordeal that began upon arrest in 2030. alongs with correspondent peter greste. al jazeera media says according to human rights watch, egypt arrested, charged and
sentenced 120,000 people. -- 41,000 people between july 2013 and july 2014, extending treatment to international tv journalists shocked the world. a report from the committee to protect journalists in june said egypt has the highest number of journalists behind bars since they began keeping record. in june, a cairo court sentenced the al jazeera team toll seven to 10 years in prison. last january, the court of cassation threw out their convictions, and ordered a retrial. in february, after a year in gaol, egypt allowed peter greste to be deported to his native australian. mohamed fadel fahmy and mohammed badr were released later that month. they were unable to leave egypt. they said with lives on hold they were serving a kind of sentence. their plight inspiring a global campaign of support from grassroots to heads of government. >> the issue of the al jazeera journalists in egypt, we have
been clear publicly and privately that they should be released. >> reporter: last month a court returned mohamed fadel fahmy and mohammed badr to finish. a retrial supposed to give them and greste a second opportunity to clear their names. justice was denied. >> the arrest and detention damaged egypt's reputation abroad. president abdul fatah al-sisi's pardon allowed him to close the case without threatening the independence. of egypt's independence. there was former staff convicted. one of those, form er correspondent sue turton, is yet to be pardoned. >> we are not going to stop the free aj staff campaign until we are all cleared at least of this conviction in the eyes of the law. we need to fly in and out of countries that have extradition treaties with egypt, or agreements, without the fear agreements, without the fear that we may be arrested. put on a plane and sent to egypt. >> in a statement the company said they may not be behind bars, but the families and careers are affected:
for now, everyone at al jazeera is happy to see closure. >> mohamed fadel fahmy has been pardoned. >> of one chapter at least in the saga. [ cheering and applause ] . >> egypt researcher at amnesty international joys us live from london. what do you make of the timing? >> i'm - i should start by saying it's wonderful to see mohamed fadel fahmy and mohammed badr reunited with the families. the timing was cynical, coming before president abdul fatah al-sisi is due to fly to new york to address the united nations. egypt is treating political prisoners like hostages, to be released when it's politically expedient. i want you to remember that
mohammed... >> you say they tochlts hold them as bargaining chips. there has been an outcry. >> there has been a big outcry, but we should see it as a token release. there are tens of thousands of political prisoners languishing in the gaol, prisoners of connens. they include, for example, hussain, a young man whose only crime as wearing an anti-torture t-shirt. the danger is they are the forgotten prisoners. white the international spotlight and community moves on >> hopefully they will not move on. what needs to be done for them not to move on, to bring attention back to those languishing in egypt's gaols? >> we have been clear. we are calling on the international community, those that care about the international rights not to use it as an excuse to hit the reset
button, international pleasure works. it's down to the states coming together and offering a message, that they need to enact serious reforms. the truth is mohamed fadel fahmy and mohammed badr is out. their space in prison will not remain empty for long. >> what do you mean little the reset button, resetting to wha.. >> resetting to how it was under wakasi mubarak. >> where gross human right violations - we are afraid with the high profile activists and journalists released, that the international community will see it as an excuse to go back to how things were. that can't happen. we are calling on the u.s., states in the european union to be clear to europe that this should be the start, not the end. >> you say that abdul fatah al-sisi is headed to the u.n.,
do you envisage the international community speak out, and what would you like to hear them say in. >> we'd like to hear tough messages from the state, states calling abdul fatah al-sisi and his administration to account for the gross violations, hundreds of protesters killed in demonstrations of political violence, thousands of detainees and torture of ill-treatment haunting police stations. these people are free, but the egypt they have returned to is one in which protesters must seek permission to demonstrate, and where journalists must report on government facts and figures. they are free, but they haven't returned to a country that respects human rights and the rule of law. >> we'll watch the talks in the u.n. closely. thank you for your time. >> the united nations will mark its 70th anniversary next month.
world leaders will gather for the annual congress in new york. there are questions about the u.n.'s ability to prevent conflict, a main aim when it was founded. james bays reports. >> here we enter one of the best-known rooms in the world. a cavernous chamber, where all the world's leading figures at some point gathered. here, all the 193 nations of the united nations are represented. the u.n. had just 51 members when the organization was founded in 1945. >> in the development of this organization, rests the only true alternative to war. >> you hear the term "the world stage" used. every september, it's here. it was on this stage that leaders from east and west have spoken, peace plans had been discussed, sometimes wars had been averted.
governments and regimes came, and then fell, and were replaced by the new order. over-70 years the scope of work done by the u.n. has grown, and so has the size of this often bureaucratic organization. over the peered of existence, the u.n. spend three martyrs of a trillion. it's struggle to solve current crisis, a war in syria costing more than $250,000. the rise of -- 250,000 lives. the rise of i.s.i.l., and the refugee crisis spreading. is the u.n. fit for purpose. main criticisms concern the way it's done. does it need forceful leadership. the man that serves as secretary-general, and in 70 years it's a man that follows a cautious part making sure he doesn't upset powerful nations.
in many ways the system is bias towards the nations. only five nations in the u.n. only five have permanent seats with veto power. the victors of that wore in world war ii hold the cards. why are you there. the deputy ambassador for new zealand, the country is back on the council. without reforms, security council will become the issue. >> there are two sorts of problems. countries on the council do not see it as relevant. there are problems that they do not use the council as a vehicle for solving problems so much as a vehicle to improve solutions that work out in another complex. that is a problem. the council is not able to live up to the function. it is used for the purpose it's
desired. >> russian ambassador doesn't just clash with the u.s. counterpart samantha power on syria. the atmosphere has been soured by the situation in ukraine. most observers believe reform of the council and the organization is urgently needed but unlikely to happen soon. >> the u.n. has so many problems and imperfections. 70 years on, it's the only place where the countries of the world comes together to talk about things. without it, there would be less global dialogue okay, let's catch up with the weather. richard is with us. autumn is a second spring it was said. any sign of that? >> well, it's very much summer in eastern parts of the equator. >> in certain areas where you
get the clash between the warmth of summer and cool of autumn, you get the spectacular weather. we have very severe rain coming down. if you look at the satellite imagery, it's these two areas of low pressure that sparked big storms. towards the west it's looking well. business as usual come autumn. low pressure across the u.k. across parts of italy, and down through into turkey, and back up into greece. we have seen large rain fall totals reported over the last 24 hours. having said that, further to the east, the warm air is hanging on. 29 degrees, nine degrees above average, and moscow's high should be 15 or 16. it's warm here. we'll start with the western temperatures, average, but no better. if you look at the forecast. you can see across italy and the
ball couples. there are -- balkans. towards the u.k. and west more rain. as we head through into friday, heavy rain across the balkans, and this weekend it's the ebbing quin ox, and the super moon. >> thank you, look forward to that. >> still to come on al jazeera. police in indonesia get ready to clampdown on oouber, the latest move causing protests around the world. >> and in a country experiencing the worst ever outbreak of dengue. >> and the sport is coming up. dortmund's living streak comes to an end. we'll hear how, later. the only way to get better is to challenge yourself,
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welcome back, a reminder of the top stories now - 310 people have been killed in a clush whilst observing hajj outside of mecca. 4,000 members of the saudi arabia rescue services are at the scene. 450 others have been injured. in yemen, two blasts killed 25 at a mosque run by shia houthis. the attack happened during prayers marking the eid festival. 30 people were injured. talks to end the longest running conflict in latin american history lead to a breakthrough. the columbian government and
f.a.r.c. rebels agreed to form a truth commission, and give amnesty to combatants. >> pope francis is due to address the u.s. congress in the coming hours. the head of the roman catholic church is on a visit. wednesday he spoke to the white house, calling for a tolerant society. the pope called for urgent action. the pope will head to new york. the city is hosting the u.n. general assembly, meaning traffic gridlock. the permanent if's visit - -- at the pontiff's visit to that, and the big apple could be sent to a stand still. >> reporter: billy joel singing new york's state of mind. >> ♪ some folks like to get away ♪ take a lol day >> reporter: opening lyrics.
billy, if they could many new yorkers would, because the big apple will be turned into gridlock city. over 150 heads of state are in town for the annual week-longiations general assembly, including u.s. president obama and russian president vladimir putin. at the same time pope francis will be hear in new york city. he has a busy schedule to take him all over the city. he'll address world leaders at the united nations, visiting the 9/11 memoriam, st. catholics cathedral and harlem. >> every day of the week new york city is a bustling mess, but with so many motorcades and security, getting vips from one place to another. more than 100 city blocks could be closed. the largest street closures in the city, bringing the city that
never sleeps into the city that never moves. sam schwartz, a traffic mover said it's the every day new yorkers that will not benefit. >> we have 4 million coming to the district. they are expecting to go to work, do the and get back home. >> as for billy joel, his concert in madison square gardens has been postponed because pope francis is in a new york state of mind and is taking over the mass, blocking more streets on the heart of the city. >> billy joel is a new yorker. he knows what the traffic is like. he knows what it will be like when the pope was in town. i wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't write a song about it. if he's stuck in traffic, which
he probably will be, he'll have plenty of time to write it. >> reporter: the chinese president is in the united states for his first state visit. before he heads to the white house, he includes the - indulged in soft diplomacy with american high school students. xi jinping received a personalized jersey, football and tips on how that play america's latest sport in high school. the president brought his own prints, donating a ping-pong table, bats and balls and translations of cleanas classics. -- chinese classics. >> translation: every one of you is welcome to visit china and welcome china's, and through close engagement. you'll have a fuller and deeper understanding of my country, you will know china better and fall in love with china
but the trip to the u.s. is not entirely smooth going. there's protests about rights abuses back home in china, a prominent chinese dissident and human rights lawyer broke his time in solidary confinement. >> reporter: for the chinese president the focus of the visit is trade. pressure is building on the host. president obama not to forget human rights. and on thursday, that call was coming from within china itself. he is a lawyer who defended many dissidents. he was released after three years in gaol last august, and broke his silence to describe how he said he was tortured and kept in solitary confinement. >> what is painful you cannot believe that this could be
taking place in this world, and that human kind reached such degradation. >> reporter: gow says his teeth was damaged during interrogation. apparently regarded this year. but the timing of the release seems aimed at causing embarrassment to the u.s. and chinese government. >> i had worried that gow had become a forgotten man. he was believing human rights lawyers in china. he was bold, brave, courageous, outspoken person. and they broke him in the cruellest way. >> gow's children met another u.s. president. his wife who lived in the united states had accused a current one of ignoring plight. president obama has been forced to address the plight of a famous dissident.
the nobel peace prize winner was gaoled for 11 years in 2009. 12 fellow laureates wrote to obama, urging him to call for release. before he left for the united states. president xi jinping addressed the issue of human rights. chinese included, to enjoy them. adrian brown, al jazeera, beijing. >> malaysia is in the grip of a deadly dengue fever outbreak, more than 200 have decide from the mosquito borne violence. a stronger strain of the virus may be causing liver failure, brain inflammation and complications. >> it's taken matilda days of hospital care to recover from dengue fever. the mother of two were struck by
joint pain. her head was mounting she could barely move, because she was bitten by a mosquito carrying the dengue violence. >> what worries nee is if i can get it any of my family member will get it. if they get it, for sure, i cannot imagine how the little children will feel. doctors say they are alarmed by a large and deadly outbreak ever seen in malaysia. 240 people have decide, and almost 88,000 cases have been reported so far this year. medical staff fears a virulent strain of the virus spread nationwide, making it difficult
to treat. >> common complications is inflammation of the liver, in the brain and inflammation in the heart as well. this area definitely sees an increase in patients with complications. >> the virus is spread by the female mosquito. there's no cure or vaccine, so all doctors can do is try to manage the symptoms. >> the government says it's trying to prevent infections by fogging, but it's not hard to find neighbourhoods where dengue can easily spread. >> this is the place where the '80s dengue breeds, in piles of rubbish and trains. next door is a densely populated block. full of people. the health ministry admits it cannot solve the problem alone. ministers are calling on everyone to take responsibility.
in the prevention of we must ensure the environment is clean. if we put rubbish and the problem of littering, chlorine, rubbish, that creates space for people to breathe. a number of vaccines are developed to prevent infection. researchers say it could be months or years away. in the meantime a record number of people will continue to fall ill the parents of 43 mexican students who went missing last year in the state of guerrero are on hunger strike. they are fasting for 43 hours. they are demanding an independent and thorough investigation. >> now south african civil rights groups says the health of thousands is at risk.
they surveyed 56 rubbish dumps and found 50 are not complying with legal requirements. tania page has the story from pretoria. >> reporter: another load, another chance at a few dollars. they are looking for something to recycle or wear themselves. regardless of the season, there's little cheer here. >> maybe it's close to six years i have been coming here because i scavenge here just to get money. >> reporter: he shouldn't be here. according to the law only workers employed by the municipality wearing protective clothe are allowed on land fills. this man says he has no shows. >> we need money. seriously, we need it. >> reporter: there's at least 100 here working on the landfill site. what they do is illegal. they say they have to do it, or they'll go hungry. >> civil right group says 60 out
of 56 land fills failed to meet minimum safety and health environments. others include water pooling, people selling food and living here. and uncovered evidence of illegally dumped medical waste and animal carcasses. >> they should be held responsible for the people. every person has the right to an environmental that is not harmful to health and safety. >> the government welcomes and performs investigations. the sample sides is too small. there are several hundred sites, and it says it's trying to enforce the law. >> we are then obliged to work with them. we have to work. we have to exhaust all avenues. what it can't do is help people. he sleeps amid the rubbish.
and dreams of better nins. >> find maybe a good job and good money so i can have a good family. to be someone else. >> in south africa, sometimes it doesn't matter what the law says. they do what they have to survive. it's a year since india's space probe arrived into mars's orbit. the mission cost $74 million, which is one-tenth of what u.s. space agency n.a.s.a. spent on sending the space probe to mars. the science editor explains how the red planet is the focus of more scientific research than ever before. >> extraordinary images of the red planet - not from n.a.s.a. or the european space agency, but from the indian mars, orbiter mission. the 15 kilogram space programme
has been in orbit for a year, studding the atmosphere and top og roughy of the planet. the mission is followed in india. they are big space enthusiasts, gathering to mark the ebbing win. ox and talk about the mars mission. >> i love to think about it. i want to be an astronaut. >> they have achieved greater heights. i first go. that is the biggest achievement we have. if you look at the times to go to mars. they've been a failure. none of the countries that lead to mars on the first attempt. >> the mission has been achieved on a small budget. around $73 billion. this is over a tenth of the cost of n.a.s.a.'s spacecraft arrived two days before the indian mission, and bringing research into the planet's atmosphere.
>> it's a minute amount. it has produced heightened technology and trained people. >> there are five active spacecraft in orbit around mars. the oldest has been there since 2001. on the dusty surface n.a.s.a. has two active rovers, both encountering soft, sandy conditions. a third was lost after it was stuck in sand in 2009. now researchers at the european space agencies are developing technologies they hope will prevent it happening to the next generation of robotic vehicles. >> what we do essentially is move back and forth the wheels, the arms and legs, so that they are - in certain times they unloaded and freely roll. and we transform the rate into the wheels that have positioned themselves forward.
in this way i manage to get out of entrapment. >> reporter: it's all vital technology needed when a manned mission arrives on mars. it's unlikely to be before 2030. until then spacecraft will carry out vital research. >> stay tuned, we have the sport coming up next, and the toronto blue jays capture a crucial victory in the race for the top of the league. farah with the details.
welcome back. two indonesian cities have banned the online taxi service uber from operating. dozens of uber cars have been confiscated in jakarta in the past few weeks. the company says it will continue to operate unless there's a legal basis for the ban. >> reporter: it's early morning in jakarta. officers from the traffic police and transportation department are making themselves ready to go after violators. an important mission is to go after drivers of ub ir. >> every company used to transport people is considered public transport. they have to have all the licences. >> reporter: police are stopping private cars like these ones, used by the uber company to drive people around jakarta for half the price of a normal taxi.
the next step is the police officer will check the documents. if they are not in order, and if this car is driving for uber, the car will be confiscated. 30 cars have been confiscated in jakarta, if everything is in order, this driver can go. >> despite the ban, and the police raids, uber drivers are active in several places in indonesia. and it is easy to order on the mobile phone. there's an application, and i pay through my credit time and within no time the car comes. >> translation: we are getting twice as much money as before, and we are a lot more flexible working for uber. whenever and whenever. we cap pick up customers. >> uber is popular because of the low price. and it is easy to order.
uber companies are trying hard to legalize the operations. so far there hasn't been violent protests, they are demanding uber is treated the same way as they are. until then, this ride is considered illegal. let's catch up with the important sport. over to you farah. >> thank you so much. the lowest ranked team at the rugby world cup shows the first game in the tournament. it couldn't be more difficult for namibia. the african-american country's world cup record played 15 and lost 15. lee wellings went to bet them. it's a minor mire ablingal that they reached the world cup. >> qualifying went so badly they needed to win the last match against the hosts by an unlikely 53 point. they won 89-10 and reached the fifth world cup. they reward an opening game
against the all blacks. the olympic stadium in london. >> we have professional players coming together, working hard to make a team that namibia will be proud of. for phenomenal interest. it will be fever pitch for the game. it's been an eye opener. he told me the squad, which includes farmers, engineers and diamond traders trained at 5am before the players work. >> what pressures on the shoulder ers of this man. jack berger. a giant of rugby that plays for a top english club. >> the hardest part is to motiate guy and say the right things when things are tough. you lose a lot of faith. i've been in the last world cup. we have the same scenario. we take a beating in this. how do we stop the bleeding.
the best way to do that is lead by example. we couldn't expect the champions to becomplacent. >> we'll give namibia respect. that's what they deserve. and rugby is a funny thing, and sport is a funny thing as you pointed out. >> the good news from namibia is new zealand are arresting 12 of their first choice after having a tough opening victory against argentina. the bad news is such is the special depth, that it's unlikely to bring much respite. the namibian team were told to give the all blacks world. the spirit is there. the first ever world cup victory might be for another day. >> they missed out on a try. teams need to score four tries,
the wallabies managed three no pool a. they scored two in cardiff. the 2-time world champion. quite a level of physicality and a lot of work, they do a lot of work. it's really positive for us. and the fact this they haven't played a lot of rugby. that was something they need to come to terms with quickly in the competition. >> france managed to get a bonus point. the 3-time world cup winner. runners-up. it was a second win. >> after their shock victory over south afri. japan was hable to make the wins, losing 45 to 10. scotland next play the united states.
barcelona received the biggest league defeat since 2008. the spanish champion passing 4-1. messi, neymar and luis suarez, with a 100% start to the season. two goals helped them to the win. real madrid won their game at atletico ball boo. >> board misunderstand's club record ended after they drew 1-1 at hoffenheim. hoffenheim ahead of the bundislega match. they netted the equalizer. dortmund are second in the table. two behind. >> the toronto blue jays beat the new york yankees to increase their lead. toronto were hosting the rivals for the final time. beating the yankees 4-0. marcus stroman pitched seven.
russell martin hit a 3-run homer, giving the jays a 3.5 game lead ahead of the yankees. >> in st. louis cardinals belted four homers. matt carpenter hitting two of them. this is the fourth win in a row for st. louis. they top the division. cincinnati in last plies. place -- place. inspiriation and motivation. meet this 45-year-old japanese, breaking his own record at the oldest sprinter at the kyoto masters. he finished the 100 meters in a time much 42.22 seconds, falling short of a personal best of 34 points. amazing stuff. that's all your sport for now. >> thank you very much.
my story of the day coming up. a little bit of determination pays off. sophia cruz, 5-year-old, saw an opening to meet pope francis and took it. security were not letting her in. eventually pope francis spotted her, urging her to come forward, and she got a hug and a kiss. she also delivered a message on behalf of undocumented migrants, asking the pontiff to support a drive to allow them to become citizens. >> i have the right to live with my parents. i have the right to be happy. my dad works hard, galvanising pieces of metal. they deserve to live, immigrants, they deserve to live with respect. they deserve immigration reform. they are working hard.
more than 300 worshippers in saudi arabia have been killed following a stampede whilst performing hajj rituals. still to come - two explosions in a mosque in sanaa kill 25 people. angela merkel calls the e.u. plan to deal with the e.u. crisis a first step. and columbia announces a break through of the talks with